New Applied Arts Website Launches This Week

We’ve gotten a virtual makeover, and we can’t wait for you to see the results! It’s been four years since our last redesign and a lot has changed at AA since then. We know you need a variety of ways to access the most inspiring content about the visual communications industry, so we ensured our [...]

Winnipeg, Meet Portland

Winnipeg’s Think Shift has merged with Portland, Oregon–based LogiStyle to create Canada’s first ad agency/corporate culture consultancy. David Baker, CEO of Think Shift, and Dr. Balaji Krishnamurthy, founder of LogiStyle, promise to bring a unique hybrid of brand creation and leadership to their existing and new clients. Think Shift has an experiential marketing track record [...]

Art and WorldPride 2014

Toronto welcomed the world this past weekend with the kick-off for WorldPride 2014, a ten-day festival of revelry, education and culture for LGBT communities and friends. While the massive parade on June 29 is the biggest draw, there are myriad arts-related events that are worth seeing, too. One of those events is Generations of Queer, [...]

Going to Cannes? We’re Looking for a Blogger!

Do you work in the advertising, branding, design or tech industries? Are you attending the Cannes Lions festival in France between June 15-21, 2014? Applied Arts wants to hear from you! We’re looking for a creative communications professional to write two or three blog posts for us during the festival to tell us about their [...]

Going Holme

Call it Adland’s grittier, more artistic version of Little Miss Sunshine. Gary Holme, a 30-year ad industry veteran formerly of Innocean, SapientNitro, Publicis, Y&R, TBWA, and JWT, is about to pile into a Winnebago with two of his four daughters, his girlfriend, two producers and some art supplies to set out on what just might [...]

Food and Sustainable Design at The Stop’s Night Market

Design aficionados and foodies (though, as we can attest, the two aren’t mutually exclusive) converge in Toronto this summer for The Stop‘s third annual Night Market, a two-night all-you-can-eat-and-drink festival featuring more than 60 chefs and 30 food carts constructed by local designers. The popular event is an instant sell-out and runs June 17 and [...]

A New Look for the GDC

The Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC) got a bit of spring cleaning done this week when the certification body unveiled its fresh, modern brand identity. It’s been almost 50 years since the original identity was designed by Jacques Emile Charette. Says GDC CEO Adrian Jean in a statement: “As GDC prepares to celebrate our sixtieth [...]

And the Juno Goes To…

It’s not often a Canadian photographer gets to claim Canada’s top award for music videos — and for a first crack at it, no less. But that’s what happened last Sunday for photographer Matt Barnes of Toronto’s Westside Studio when he scooped a Juno Award for Video of the Year for his work with Spot [...]

Batter Up!

Baseball, beer and art…sounds like a good night to us! Garrison Creek Bat Co., purveyor of hand-turned, Toronto-themed baseball bats, hosts the Season Opener exhibit at Steam Whistle Brewing on April 2 to celebrate the opening weekend of the Toronto Blue Jays April 4 to 6. More than 30 local artists, illustrators and artisans designed [...]

Canada’s Newest Old Sport

It’s no secret that Canada loves hockey — whether it’s an NHL playoff, a AAA tournament, Paralympic sledge hockey or a pick-up game at the neighbourhood rink. In fact, Canada is the only country that has visually impaired teams playing blind hockey — invented with the formation of the Toronto Ice Owls team in 1972. [...]